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The pigs at Happy Herd Farm getting ready to eat their favourite snack (Aldergrove Star files)

Happy Herd Farm looking for volunteers

Animals at Aldergrove’s Happy Herd need pumpkin drop-off, Monday, Nov. 1.

The pigs at Happy Herd Farm getting ready to eat their favourite snack (Aldergrove Star files)
George Jacob has been named the new executive director of Tabor Village in Abbotsford.

New executive director named for Tabor Village in Abbotsford

George Jacob to being position at seniors’ care complex in late November

George Jacob has been named the new executive director of Tabor Village in Abbotsford.
Betty Johnston is among the recipients of Archway Community Services’ Community Builders Awards being presented on Oct. 28. (Submitted photo)

Archway Community Services presents Community Builders’ Awards in Abbotsford

Four recipients to be honoured during live-streamed event on Oct. 28

Betty Johnston is among the recipients of Archway Community Services’ Community Builders Awards being presented on Oct. 28. (Submitted photo)
Chantelle Bowles of Canuck Place (second from right) accepts a donation from Margaret Garnier of the Order of the Eastern Star and Bill McGill (left) and Deane Lewis of the Masonic Lodge. (Submitted photo)

Order of Eastern Star and Masonic Lodge donate to Canuck Place in Abbotsford

Three chapters contribute $1,650 to Dave Lede children’s hospice

Chantelle Bowles of Canuck Place (second from right) accepts a donation from Margaret Garnier of the Order of the Eastern Star and Bill McGill (left) and Deane Lewis of the Masonic Lodge. (Submitted photo)
Brad Fedoruk sent in this photo of an American White Pelican seen in the Vedder Canal near Highway 1 in Chilliwack on Oct. 16, 2021. (Brad Fedoruk photo)

Bird watchers excited to see rare American White Pelican in Chilliwack

Species nests at Stum Lake up north but are almost never seen on the ground in the Fraser Valley

Brad Fedoruk sent in this photo of an American White Pelican seen in the Vedder Canal near Highway 1 in Chilliwack on Oct. 16, 2021. (Brad Fedoruk photo)
Reflective “feathers” are being distributed in Abbotsford by the police department, ICBC and local schools to help keep pedestrians safe. (Abbotsford Police photo)

Reflective ‘feathers’ distributed in Abbotsford for pedestrian-safety campaign

Police, school district and ICBC partner for ‘Be Safe, Be Seen’ project

Reflective “feathers” are being distributed in Abbotsford by the police department, ICBC and local schools to help keep pedestrians safe. (Abbotsford Police photo)
Eve Pohl of Abbotsford visits Korah, Ethiopia. She is the founder of the charity Hope for Korah, which holds a fundraiser in Abbotsford on Oct. 30.

Fundraiser in Abbotsford supports village of Korah, Ethiopia

Event on Oct. 30 raises funds for programs in poverty-stricken community

Eve Pohl of Abbotsford visits Korah, Ethiopia. She is the founder of the charity Hope for Korah, which holds a fundraiser in Abbotsford on Oct. 30.
The Empty Chest Haunted Adventure on Harris Road in Abbotsford is among the local Halloween activities and events taking place for 2021. (Photo: The Empty Chest)

Halloween events and activities planned in Abbotsford

Pumpkins in the Park and Haunted Adventure among offerings

The Empty Chest Haunted Adventure on Harris Road in Abbotsford is among the local Halloween activities and events taking place for 2021. (Photo: The Empty Chest)
More people are looking to adopt dogs, and other pets, because of pandemic: SPCA. (File image)

Pandemic sparked puppy boom in B.C., but no spike in pet returns: BC SPCA

More people are looking to adopt pets due to pandemic, SPCA

More people are looking to adopt dogs, and other pets, because of pandemic: SPCA. (File image)
The Fraser Valley Watersheds Coalition planted 3,600 native species plants along the edges of Starrett Pond at the Tom Berry Gravel Pit site in November 2019. It’s part of a multi-year restoration project focused on connecting waterways in the area to stop salmon from dying there. (Jessica Peters/ Hope Standard file)

Volunteers needed for planting event at Starrett’s Pond in Hope

Volunteers will get tour of salmon-saving restoration project

The Fraser Valley Watersheds Coalition planted 3,600 native species plants along the edges of Starrett Pond at the Tom Berry Gravel Pit site in November 2019. It’s part of a multi-year restoration project focused on connecting waterways in the area to stop salmon from dying there. (Jessica Peters/ Hope Standard file)
Many of the team dressed up in costume for the recent Helping Kids Shine Charity Golf Classic at Fraserglen Golf Course in Abbotsford. (Submitted photo)

Golf tournament raises $32K for Fraser Valley Child Development Centre

Helping Kids Shine event was held Sept. 23 at Fraserglen Golf Course in Abbotsford

Many of the team dressed up in costume for the recent Helping Kids Shine Charity Golf Classic at Fraserglen Golf Course in Abbotsford. (Submitted photo)
Daniel Whitehead, the CEO of Sanctuary Mental Health Ministries, is the keynote speaker for a virtual event being held Oct. 28 by the Telecare Crisis and Caring Line.
Daniel Whitehead, the CEO of Sanctuary Mental Health Ministries, is the keynote speaker for a virtual event being held Oct. 28 by the Telecare Crisis and Caring Line.
John Wiebe and Katherine Smart on Oct. 28 lead a webinar on planned giving, hosted by Communitas Supportive Care Society in Abbotsford. (Submitted photos)

Communitas in Abbotsford hosts webinar on planned giving

Session on Oct. 28 looks at will-making and ‘legacy giving’

John Wiebe and Katherine Smart on Oct. 28 lead a webinar on planned giving, hosted by Communitas Supportive Care Society in Abbotsford. (Submitted photos)
TEDx Abbotsford returns as an in-person event on Nov. 17 at University of the Fraser Valley.

TEDx Abbotsford returns to in-person event for 2021

Theme for event on Nov. 17 is ‘Resilience’ in wake of pandemic and social injustices

TEDx Abbotsford returns as an in-person event on Nov. 17 at University of the Fraser Valley.
Cranberries are harvested from a bog using a specialized machine. There are 6,500 acres of cranberries in B.C., including these bogs off of McCallum Road. (Adam Louis/Observer)
Cranberries are harvested from a bog using a specialized machine. There are 6,500 acres of cranberries in B.C., including these bogs off of McCallum Road. (Adam Louis/Observer)
Some of the floral watercolour paintings created by Debbie Mar’s Grade 3 students at Upper Sumas Elementary. (Submitted photo)

Abbotsford Grade 3 class connects with seniors through flowers

First project of Upper Sumas Elementary students is watercolour paintings

Some of the floral watercolour paintings created by Debbie Mar’s Grade 3 students at Upper Sumas Elementary. (Submitted photo)
Noodlebox recently raised $27,000 (including $1,000 in Abbotsford) for the Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA). Pictured are (from left) Maya Russell from CMHA BC; Nita Vallillee, regional operations coach of Noodlebox Canada; Lennon Sharp, wok chef with Noodlebox Abbbotsford; Noodlebox Canada COO Jay Baker; Noodlebox Canada CEO Dustin May; and Francis Aquino, store opening coordinator of Noodlebox Canada. (Submitted photo)

Noodlebox in Abbotsford raises more than $1,000 for mental health

Location among 23 that raised a total of $27K for Canadian Mental Health Association

Noodlebox recently raised $27,000 (including $1,000 in Abbotsford) for the Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA). Pictured are (from left) Maya Russell from CMHA BC; Nita Vallillee, regional operations coach of Noodlebox Canada; Lennon Sharp, wok chef with Noodlebox Abbbotsford; Noodlebox Canada COO Jay Baker; Noodlebox Canada CEO Dustin May; and Francis Aquino, store opening coordinator of Noodlebox Canada. (Submitted photo)
Josh Waters and his one-year-old English Staffy cross, Rocky. (Twila Amato/Black Press Media)

COVID, heartbreak among speedbumps in Australian’s road to residency in Kelowna

Josh Waters shares his experience in the hopes to help others like him

Josh Waters and his one-year-old English Staffy cross, Rocky. (Twila Amato/Black Press Media)
The Abbotsford Community Foundation recently held its sixth annual Smart and Caring Golf Classic in Chilliwack. (Submitted photo)

Smart and Caring Golf Classic raises $80K in Abbotsford

Annual event supports Abbotsford Community Foundation’s community fund

The Abbotsford Community Foundation recently held its sixth annual Smart and Caring Golf Classic in Chilliwack. (Submitted photo)
Girls Fly Too

Girls Fly Too! event held at Abbotsford Airport

Activities included free helicopter flights for female first-time flyers

Girls Fly Too